You know, I didn't expect to be happy after a doctor's office visit. But, ever since my three (yes 3) different trips to a new facility, I am finding myself quite pleased.
Maybe it's just me, but I liked my physicians to speak well of me or to be complimentary about my health. When I was sparking before and was 50+ pounds down, I knew my doctor would beam. She did. After my husband selected a new physician and really liked him, I decided to follow suit, and while hubby said that this doctor was a "nice guy", I was worried. Not every doctor seems to like having a fat patient. Some are rude, some are condescending and some just seem disgusted by fat. Also, I haven't had a male doctor in....
Gosh, I think my last one was my pediatrician and as I'm 53, you can imagine that was a loooong time ago.
My fears were completely unfounded. First, instead of going to a main (very large) Kaiser facility, I chose a small medical complex near my work. Everyone who worked there, from the reception staff to the nurses and the pharmacy workers were so much friendlier and far more helpful than I have experienced at the main facility. Second, you can't get lost in this place - you walk in the door and pharmacy is to your right, X-ray/Lab is in front of you, all the doctor's offices are upstairs. Easy Peasy. Ok, their hours are a bit limited and wonky, but I can deal with that.
The intake nurse was kind and friendly and offered to put her hand over the scale if I "Didn't want to know." I just laughed and said, "I'm pretty self-aware, but thanks!" I knew from his online photo that my doctor would be young, but I didn't expect him to be so gentle... I mean that is the only word I can use. He spoke softly, he examined me carefully and thoughtfully, and he spoke to me with great respect. He noted my prior successes with weight loss and fitness and said, "I am sure you will be successful again. Your muscle tone is still good, as is your flexibility. That is excellent. You are exercising and tracking your food, also excellent. If I can help in any way, please let me know. Oh, and here is a booklet with all sorts of classes we offer. You pay for them with your premiums, so I say take advantage of all you can." Ummmm.... wow.
I've still got tests to go. I have a little finger that started curling about two years ago and I don't know why, but I can't straighten it. Fortunately x-rays show the joint is in good shape. Still, before he refers me to a hand specialist, he is doing labs next week to check for rheumatoid arthritis. I think that isn't likely, but better to know. And, he was concerned about my gait, particularly post falling last month. He said my hips are "off", with the right side being higher than the left. We've done x-rays and he wants me to go to physical therapy. The hand, well it may require surgery. But, my new job gives me summers off so that will be a good time, if I have an extended recovery to deal with.
All in all, a successful visit and I'm really more inclined to self-care once someone has been so thoughtful. I am sure some people prefer a more 'bootcamp' approach by a doctor, but shaming and scolding don't work for me. I get enough of that from my crazy new boss.
Here's to a healthy 2014.